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IS battles to encircle Syrian Kurds

Islamic State fighters launch fresh attacks in the Syrian border town of Kobane in an attempt to encircle the Kurdish defenders.
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) sends back some armed soldiers to Turkey, according to a senior leader

Turkey and the Islamic State crisis: everyone’s non-ally?

The military success of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq intensifies questions over Turkey’s strategy and decisions. What Ankara does next will help to resolve them.

Turkey’s parliament, the grand national assembly, voted on 2 October 2014 to extend for a further year pre-existing parliamentary permission for the government to send troops into Iraq or Syria in pursuit of “terrorist organisations”. The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) is specifically mentioned in the resolution, while the Islamic State (IS) is not. The resolution also envisages permission for allied forces to be granted access to Turkish territory. Washington has welcomed the vote, and in coming days will discuss with Ankara precisely what contribution Turkey might now make to the anti-IS campaign.

Foreign nations’ proxy war in Syria creates chaos

ISTANBUL

The squabbling factions that make up the Syrian “moderate opposition” should get their act together. But so should the foreign nations — such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan — that have been funding the chaotic melange of fighters inside Syria. These foreign machinations helped open the door for the terrorist Islamic State group to threaten the region.

The United States has said its position on the fight against the ISIL has not changed, hours after Turkish PM Davutoğlu said the operation should target the Syrian regime
Refugees on Turkish border describe their escape from fighting
Apparently, he is not Scottish
BLIND SPOT- This week is a relatively calm week in Turkey; not much to write about. So, I will write about the new dress code in the State Opera and Ballet

ISIS Intensifies Siege of Kurdish Enclave in Syria

The Islamic State is pouring reinforcements into the besieged Syrian city of Kobani, a Kurdish enclave, despite heavy attacks from American-led aircraft.

Why Syrias disaster threatens a war in Turkey | Hugh Pope

The advance of Isis on Syrias Kurds is undermining the peace process between Turkey and the PKK

Turkey feels as if its reliving an old nightmare. Each morning television presenters and newspaper headlines glumly round up news from the Islamic State (Isis) siege of the Syrian Kurdish town Kobani, and its spillover into Turkey. three Riots, tear gas, and live fire this week have killed more than 20 people in cities in Turkeys Kurdish south-east. There have been multiple arson attacks on cars, buses and trucks, ethnic tensions, street corner nationalist gangs, curfews and armed troop deployments unseen since the miserable years of all-out Turkish Kurd insurgency in the 1990s.

theguardian.com – Hugh Pope – Oct 9, 10:30 PM – Turkey feels as if it’s reliving an old nightmare. Each morning television presenters and newspaper headlines glumly round up news from the Islamic State (Isis) siege of the Syrian Kurdish town Kobani, and its spillover into Turkey. three Riots
Interior Minister Efkan Ala counts the cost of Turkey’s recent unrests, revealing 31 deaths, 351 injuries and more than 1,000 detentions
EU Minister Volkan Bozkır uses noticeably positive language about the EU progress report, describing it as ‘balanced and objective,’ though the report criticizes Turkey over the independence of the judiciary and Internet bans
The court has rejected the prosecutor’s arrest demand for a suspected police officer, YA, and delayed the trail until Nov. 26

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